Our first hub is up and running and is ready to welcome our first visitors.
We are absolutely delighted that Amanda and Clive Owen and their children are hosting this hub that has been set up to welcome children with disabilities to Ravenseat Seat Farm.
Families and friends with children with disabilities can now visit this farm, which has been made famous since the TV programme, Our Yorkshire Farm, and borrow an all-terrain wheelchair to enjoy a ramble together on the fells.
We have three different types of chair at this hub.
We have the TerrainHopper Mini which can either be handlebar control or operated by joystick. We are also having a carer control added to the back of this chair so someone else can operate the vehicle from behind, by unfortunately the parts were not ready for the launch and will be added later. The TerrainHopper mini is suitable for children aged 7 and above.
We are very grateful for the donation made by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust towards the paratreker manual wheelchair which we now have at the farm too. This is a sturdy chair that can be pushed from behind and on the steeper bits there are straps on the front for people to pull the chair forward. We suggest that at least three companions coming along on this experience at Ravenseat, especially if you want to get to the top of the fell!
Thanks to the kind donation from the Jordan Sinnott Trust, we have a Amtryke Junior Handcycle available to borrow for those who want to just have a roam along the country lanes around Ravenseat The hand cycle is suitable for children aged 7 and above.
There is no charge to borrow the chairs, but we have set up a donation page for those who have enjoyed this outdoor experience and wish to show their appreciation.
We are expecting this hub to be very popular, so we have created morning and afternoon slots for people to borrow the chairs. Booking is easy. Just select your date and the chair that you wish to borrow.
Once booked, come along to Ravenseat and someone will be there ready to welcome you. Please park in the carpark and we ask someone to walk up the to farm to let them know that you are here. The all-terrain wheelchair can be taken down to the car for transfer for the disabled visitor.
There are toilet facilities at Ravenseat, but these are not accessible. (You can get a manual wheelchair into the toilet but as yet there are no grab rails). The nearest accessible toilets are located in the market square in Kirkby Stephen.
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